Reenactments planned to fete Lewis and ClarkA new event, Lewis & Clark: Wintering the Pacific, will take place on Veterans Field in downtown Long Beach, Wash., from Jan. 17 through 19, 2015. The event heralds the 10th year since the Lewis & Clark bicentennial commemoration shone a spotlight on Pacific County and is one of three events taking place on the Long Beach Peninsula that weekend.
During Wintering the Pacific, Pacific Northwest Living Historians in period clothing and full character will depict activities such as moccasin making, hide tanning, tent construction, trading, and salt making. The reenactment is an historical interpretation of the Corps of Discovery’s activities during their 1805-6 winter on the Pacific Coast where they made preparations necessary for their return voyage. The event is free to the public. Hours are 10AM to 5PM on Jan. 17 and 18, and 10AM to 2PM on Jan. 19.
On that same weekend, the Ilwaco Sports Boosters will host their Annual Crab Feed at the Long Beach Elks Club, on Jan. 17, from noon until 8PM; and the World Kite Museum will present the Windless Kite Festival, an annual, indoor kite-flying competition and performance, at the Long Beach School Gymnasium, on Jan. 17 and 18, from 10:30AM to 4PM.
Newly uncovered history brought to light during preparations for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration pinpointed the Western terminus of the Corps’ voyage on the north side of the Columbia River, in what is now Pacific County – illuminating a piece of history that had been misinterpreted and overlooked.
The significance of this discovery prompted new ways for the public to interact with this important history. Among them were the creation of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park including subsequent installments of Station Camp and Dismal Nitch; the first in a series of interpretive art by Maya Lin for the Confluence Project; the creation of the foremost display – “18 Days in Pacific County” – the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center; several interpretive sites at Cape Disappointment State Park; the building of the coastal, 8.5-mile Discovery Trail; and the annual ‘Ocian in View’ lecture series.
For destination information as well as details on these and other events, please contact the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360-642-2400 or go to www.funbeach.com.
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